JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and smooth. A bit of chocolate that ends with a nice hoppy ride. Malty middle is a bit subdued, but it is rich and thick. Just a point or two better than their stout.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2004 Solid porter offering. Typically roasted. Uncommonly hoppy for a porter. I take it over their stout.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2003 Not being a big fan of porters (my least favorite style) I was surprised by this. It's actually good, and I found myself drinking a lot of it. Very well balanced. Re-rate 12/17/03: even better than before. I suspect this has aged, and it has benifited from it.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep color with excellent roastiness and that ever present Sierra Nevada hoppiness tagged along. Medium body, with a lingering hop/roasted barley flavor. Interesting aroma that announces the presence of hops to come hidden beneath the black exterior. This is a good beer and I would buy it again.
faulstich (25) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really, really good. Definitely chocolate. Not much head, though.
Frank (2223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 Tasty. Beautiful very dark reddish brown color. Thinnish head. A little on the bitter side with a hint of chocolate.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I ma not a big fan of porters but i give thumbs up to sierra nevada on this one. Looks good, tastewise u can get a hint of chcolate but it is mixed with the right amount of hops
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Creamy and smooth as all hell, with a beautiful dark body and full, fluffy head. Chocolate and roasted malts are prevalent, with a touch of hops in the end. Very nice indeed.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive flavor. For a standard gravity brew this one has nearly the character of a good imperial stout. Hoppy with a mix of citrus and spice that complements the dark chocolate/ toffee flavors from the malt. Often American porters have a clean hard bitterness that conflicts witht the bitterness of the roast malt. Not so in this beer. Bitter, yes. Harsh, no. With Bell’s, one of the best robust porters in the states.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This stuff smelled and tasted like cough medicine to me, which came as a surprise. Hopefully I just got a bad batch.